NAMIBIAN F.A., UNICEF LAUNCH GALZ AND GOALS PROJECT

WINDHOEK, The Namibian Football Association (NFA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) have launched a five-year strategic plan for their Galz and Goals project aimed mainly at increasing the percentage of girls aged between 10-20 years playing football through mass participation from 15 per cent to 50 per cent by 2020.

The project will also involve giving guidance on how to further grow the project as a development programme for young aspiring football players and will run from 2018 to 2022. It was launched here Tuesday by the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero.

Commending the partnership between the NFA and Unicef, she called on other sports codes to adapt similar approaches to develop sports, especially for children. "I hereby instruct the Namibia Sports Commission to take this strategic plan to other sport codes so as to build not only the girl child but a Namibian child from an early age," she said.

Tjongarero also criticised those who hide behind culture as a way of supressing girls, saying the time had come for girls to be treated equally with boys. "Within 10 to 15 years such excuses must be phased out. Our children must not go through things we went through. It must end," she said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK